Lora Beth Wood’s homerun in the bottom of the 7th of game two gives the Lenoir-Rhyne’s Softball a spilt against visiting Catawba in a SAC doubleheader on Tuesday. After the Bears fell in game one 9-1, LR used homeruns by Kylee Leonhardt and Wood to come away with the 6-4 win in the night cap.
In game one, three batters into the game, Catawba took a 2-0 lead with a two-run homer from Jordan Dean, her 7th of the season.
Kendall Osborne saved a run in the top of the third with perfect one-hop throw from left field to cut down the Indians’ Sydney Goertzen at the plate to end the inning.
The Bears took advantage of a two-out error in the bottom of the inning to cut the lead in half with a Lora Beth Wood RBI single. Wood went 2-2 for the Bears and had two of the three Bear hits.
However, four runs for Catawba in the 4th on just two hits allowed Catawba to take a 6-1 lead. The Indians used a walk, wild pitch, sac fly and a LR error to extend the lead.
Dean delivered again for Catawba with a three-run homerun in the 6th to gave the Indians a 9-1 lead. The first three hitters in the lineup for Catawba went 6-9 with eight runs.
Lauren Rakes took the loss in the circle and falls to 5-3 on the year. Rakes gave up four runs in four innings on the afternoon. The bullpen for the Bears gave up 5 runs (3 earned) in two innings of work.
Game one of the doubleheader marked the 1700th career game for the program.
In game two, Savannah Moorefield and Kylee Leonhardt singled to open the first allowing the Bears to score with a RBI groundout by Rakes.
Indians tied it up in the next half inning with a lead-off triple by Gracie Gibson then a single by Riley Tucker.
After an one-out double by Moorefield, Leonhardt hit her 7th homerun of the year with a blast to left. Moorefield went 3-4 in game two and it was her 20th career game with at least three hits.
Leonhardt entered the contests 13th in the nation in doubles (8) and total bases (55). Her homerun moved her into sole possession of fourth place in program history. It was her 36th career homerun.
Hannah Jennings had a RBI single in the bottom of the 4th that extended the Bears lead to three through four innings.
A solo shot by Catawba’s Bailey Benton to lead off the top of the 5th cut the Bears lead to 4-2. A drop fly ball by LR with two-outs allowed Catawba to tie it at four later in the 5th.
The game stayed tied until Rakes opened the bottom the seventh with a single then Wood lined a 2-0 pitch just over the left field fence to walk it off. With hits in both games, Wood extended her hitting streak to five games.
Morgan Beeler (4-0) got the win in the circle throwing the complete game while striking out five and allowing just two earned runs.
The Bears move to 9-0 in night games since 2015.
Lenoir-Rhyne is 13-7 overall, 9-5 in the South Atlantic Conference. LR will travel to #15 Young Harris for a non-conference matchup Thursday.